A variety of grants and scholarships are available to help you finance your dream of a college education. Grants and scholarships are available to all ages and can be based on your financial need, scholastic abilities, civic involvement, athletic skills, or even religious affiliation.

 

It is important to look into all forms of grants and scholarships from federal and state government, colleges and universities, private organizations and local sources each year you’re in school.

 

Federal Grants

The U.S. Department of Higher Education provides a variety of federal grants to help you and your family pay for college. To be eligible for any federal student aid, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year.

 

State Grants and Scholarships

The Missouri Department of Higher Education administers several state grants and scholarships (see right sidebar) to help Missouri students and their families pay for college. To be eligible for most Missouri state aid programs, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be on file by April 1, for initial and renewal students.

 

In addition, research other Missouri student aid programs available for Missouri Residents.

 

College and University Grants and Scholarships

Institutional grants and scholarships are awarded by the school you are planning to attend. For more information about the financial aid they offer, check with each individual institution website.

 

Private Grants and Scholarships

Research local and national businesses, community groups and religious and civic organizations for grants and scholarships they may have available. To help steer you in the right direction, view these scholarship search tips.